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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. If you could have dinner with any 2 or 3 people in history (other than Jesus), who would they be?
2. Read Colossians 1:29. In what ways does showing grace require grit? Have you experienced this?
3. Read Ephesians 2:8–9. Who do you know whose life embodies grace and grit? What stands out about this person?
4. What are you dealing with right now that requires you show grit? How can your group help?
5. Who in your world needs to know about the grace of Jesus? How will you invite them to Easter? Spend some time praying for Easter at Northshore.

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. What’s one of the most mundane jobs or tasks you’ve ever had?

2. Read Acts 6:1–6. Why is the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and power an essential part of our service to people, even in the most mundane tasks or those requiring little skill? What do you learn from Jesus in this?

3. What are the unglamorous opportunities God has put before you to serve others? How can you grow in dependence on the Spirit for helping others in these ways?

4. Read Acts 6:8–10 and Luke 21:15. When you have an opportunity to share Christ with someone, what’s the price of not asking for the Holy Spirit’s help? Read Ephesians 6:18–20. Why would Paul (of all people!) ask for words to be given him when sharing the gospel? What does this imply for us?

5. Read 7:52–60. Stephen was “full of the Holy Spirit” (v. 55) and declared his trust in Jesus (v. 59) and showed mercy toward his enemies (v. 60). In what hardships in your life, including difficult relationships, do you need the Spirit’s power to trust in Jesus and show mercy to others?

6. Pray for each other, that the Holy Spirit would empower you to follow in Jesus’ steps of serving and speaking in every situation for the glory of God.

Movement16x9NEW

The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be a part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world; it’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move. The movement of the Holy Spirit throughout the centuries, the movement of the good news of Jesus—and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. Everyone’s talking about our unusually sunny weather. What have you been doing to enjoy the sunshine?
2. Based on what you know of Peter’s life, what were his strengths and weaknesses? How can you relate to him?
3. Read Acts 10:9–16. What does God reveal in this vision? What lessons does it have for us?
4. Tell about a time you have reconsidered a conviction you once held. What led you to reconsider? How did your perspective change?
5. Read Acts 10:19–33. When is a time you have felt called or led to minister to someone different than you? How did you respond? What challenges did you face?
6. Did you and your group participate in Beans and Rice week? Talk about what you learned from the experience.

Movement16x9NEW

The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be a part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world; it’s God’s… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. Have you ever been on a cross-cultural mission trip? What was your experience like? What did you learn about God, other people, and yourself?

2. Read Acts 8:26–40. What are some of the qualities that you notice about Philip? Do you share some of those qualities? How can you grow in some of them?

3. Read Acts 1:8. Where is your Jerusalem? Judea? Samaria? Ends of the earth? Where is God calling you to engage in His movement in this season of your life? What does that look like?

4. Who do you know in your world that feels far from God? How can you share the love and hope of Jesus with them?

5. How will you and your Small Group participate in the Beans & Rice Week? Share some ideas or recipes that you’re trying this week.

Movement16x9NEW

The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. What is your favorite local “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant? How did you discover it?

2. Read Acts 5:1–11. Why do you think God’s reaction is so severe?

3. Tell about a time when your appearance did not match the reality of your life. How have you seen this be spiritually dangerous?

4. Read Matthew 6:1–4. It’s possible to do the right things for the wrong motives. How have you learned to keep your motives in check when serving or giving?

5. As a group, pray that God will protect Northshore and our hearts from internal threats or impure motives.

Movement16x9NEW

The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. Do you have a favorite Bible verse? Why is it so meaningful to you?

2. If you’re a follower of Jesus, did anyone tell you about persecution before you became a Christian? How did you learn about these verses?

3. How have you experienced persecution? In what ways do we avoid persecution?

4. Read 2 Timothy 3:12. Do you believe this is true?

5. What would it look like to embrace persecution? What decisions are you facing where you might be tempted to avoid persecution?

6. Spend time praying for those being persecuted in our world. Visit Voice of the Martyrs, www.persecution.com/pray, for specific prayer requests and stories.

Movement16x9NEW

The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. What have been the three most important days in your life? Share these with your group.

2. If you have been baptized, tell the group about your baptism experience. What led you to that decision? What was meaningful about that day? If you have not been baptized, what has kept you from taking that step? What is your next step in considering being baptized?

3. Read Acts 2:32–33. How do you understand the word “repent?” How has repentance played out in your life?

4. Read Acts 2:42–47. This passage describes key characteristics in the life of the early church. Evaluate how your group is doing in each of these. What changes or adjustments may need to be made to better reflect their example?

5. Spend some time praying for our church and for your group. Ask God to create in us the same kind of community described in this chapter. How will you help that happen?

Movement16x9NEW

The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world. It’s God’s movement because… Continue reading →

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be a part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world; it’s God’s movement because He is a God on the move, and He invites us to get on the move with Him. Come be a part of the most important, life-transforming, world-changing movement in history.

Small Group Questions

1. Who is the most famous or interesting person in your family tree?

2. What obstacles did the early Christian movement face? What obstacles does it face today?

3. Based on what you know of history, what positive impact has Christianity had on society and culture?

4. Read Acts 1:7–10. How did the belief that Jesus would return motivate their work? How might this reality impact how you live?

5. How are you currently participating in this movement? What are practical ways we can contribute to this movement in our world? What action step will you and your group take?

6. Spend some time asking God to make us aware of our place in His movement. Pray for His movement around the world and in our community.

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The world has never seen anything like “the” movement called the Church. People want to be a part of something bigger and something greater than themselves. The book of Acts tells the story of a group of first-century, rag-tag followers of the Risen Christ who became the movement that would change the world; it’s God’s… Continue reading →

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Super-Sunday

Two Pastors.

Two Services.

One Sunday.

Super Sunday.

Listen in as Pastors Jonathan Alexander and Jonathan Wolfgang go head-to-head in one of the most unique messages you will ever hear. For four quarters, they duke it out on the gridiron (well okay…the stage), in an attempt to one-up each other with the greatest “comeback” stories in the Bible.

Small Group Questions

1. What did you do for the game? Did you watch it with friends, by yourself, or not at all?

2. Read Matthew 11:28–29. How has pain impacted your faith? What have you learned about God when dealing with pain?

3. Read James 5:16. How can revealing our sin help us experience healing? Is there someone you can be honest with about your struggles? What can you do to develop these kinds of relationships?

4. Can you think of an instance when failure served as a turning point in your life? Share your experience with the group. How did you come back from this?

5. We talked about five challenges to our faith. Which of these have you dealt with most? How have you experienced a comeback in this area?

Super-Sunday

Two Pastors. Two Services. One Sunday. Super Sunday. Listen in as Pastors Jonathan Alexander and Jonathan Wolfgang go head-to-head in one of the most unique messages you will ever hear. For four quarters, they duke it out on the gridiron (well okay…the stage), in an attempt to one-up each other with the greatest “comeback” stories… Continue reading →

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Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and there is hope. Listen in as we explore how we can all experience and embrace the new beginnings Jesus makes possible.

Small Group Questions

1. What one thing do you most wish you could change about our world?

2. Read Isaiah 65:17–25. What do you most look forward to about heaven?

3. Imagine you were allowed 30 minutes to see and experience heaven. How might that change the way you live in this world?

4. If someone asked about the new beginning(s) in your life, how would you explain your story? Ask at least two members of the group to share how Jesus gave them a new beginning.

5. Read Isaiah 66:18–19. The people of God were called to share their story with the world. When is the last time you shared your faith with someone? How did you do it? What happened?

6. In addition to sharing our story, we have unique opportunities like Super Sunday to bring friends to hear the good news. How can you creatively invite friends to this Sunday? Who are you planning to bring?

NB_16x9_web

Perhaps the reason many of us make New Year’s resolutions is that we like the thought that a new beginning is possible. We are all in need of change in some area of life. Even if you’ve made, and failed, to keep New Year’s resolutions; even if you’re cynical about new beginnings, they are possible, and… Continue reading →